Graffiti Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is graffiti and how does it represent culture? This lesson plan uses an informative video lesson to explain important facts about graffiti. An activity turns students into graffiti artists and allows them to apply what they've learned.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define 'graffiti.'
  • Discuss the history of graffiti.
  • Explain how graffiti is related to culture.


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


  • Several images of graffiti
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated video lesson
  • Solid colored baseball caps without logos
  • Fabric paints


  • Display the images of graffiti for the class.
    • How would you describe the images on display in the classroom?
    • What is the specific term for the images on display?
  • Play the video lesson What Is Graffiti? - Definition, History & Types, pausing it at 0:56.
    • What is 'graffiti?'
    • What is meant in the video lesson by the statement that 'graffiti has an important place in culture?'
  • Play the video lesson again. Pause it at 2:38.
    • How do cave drawings relate to graffiti?
    • How do the ancient examples of graffiti presented in the video lesson reflect the culture of the time?
  • Play the video lesson, pausing it this time at 4:35.
    • How did the Civil Rights Movement spur the popularity of graffiti?
    • Who was Corn Bread?
    • What is a tag?
    • How does modern graffiti reflect cultural themes?
  • Play the remainder of the video lesson for the class before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet to the class with each student receiving one copy.
  • Instruct the students to work independently to complete the worksheet using what they learned about graffiti from the video lesson.
  • When all students have finished the worksheet, review each question and answer fully with the class in an open discussion format.

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